I just recently purchased the unlocked HK V9 to use in Japan. I am using a Softbank/vodafone sim card with internet access on my account from a previous phone I purchased from Softbank.
Everything works great except I don't know how to setup the phone to use email/internet on the softbank network. I tried to take it into one of the local service centers and they just acted confused and didn't have a clue on what I was trying to do. They clearly stated that their company doesn't support overseas phones.
I was just trying to get the server information so that I could enter it into the phone. Is this possible here in Japan? Does anyone know any SIM-capable service provider in Japan that allows you to use their sim cards in unlocked phones and access the internet?
Another problem I had is... my girlfriend's got a weird email address in Japan, I can email to it from yahoo, and other phones here in Japan can email to it also. But when I try to add it to her profile on the V9 it comes up with "INVALID ADDRESS" due to the "periods" "." in the beginning part of the address (I.E. LALA..NV_VN..@yakomo.com)
Is there a way to change this on the V9 so that it allows this address to be saved in her profile?
Help with these questions would be appreciated. Thank you.
Texting works in most other countries between carriers. But in Japan, if you are on seperate carriers you have to use email. It's just one of those things that Japan has to be different.
Many people don't realize this but in Japan there are few homes with PC/Computers. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE has a cellphone and use that to email/msg/surf/play games. The cellphone is one of the most important and common item that Japanese use.
To anticpate the next question, "why don't I get onto the same carrier as my girlfriend?" because for one, she is paying a special expensive fee to get all the benefits associated with the services plan. Internet and the programs associated with the phone are all in Japanese and as for right now, the Kanji is a little difficult for me to read. So I am going through a carrier that has phones with english and is the cheapest around for what my needs are. If only I could get all the same services (I.E. the internet/emailing) as I had on my Japanese locked Nokia, I then would be set.
Motorola offers Over-the-Air (OTA) services for configuring most phones automatically for MMS, SMS and e-mail all over the world. The code is sent automatically to your phone, avoiding the need to scroll through menus and tediously enter text from the keypad.
I cannot read Japanese, but if you can, start at the page below and navigate to the support pages at which you can select your phone, carrier and the type of service(s) you wish to configure on your handset.
Assuming each of Motorola's country support pages are, more or less, laid out the same, I followed the sequence of pages for someone using a Maxx V6 in the UK who wanted to configure MMS on her phone using the "3" network. Thus, the pages for Motorola's Japan support pages should be as follows (or similar):
On the far right side, select "Consumer".
On the next page, in the upper right corner, select "Support".
On the next page, on the left side, select "Operator Settings" under the heading, "My Support Centre".
On the next page, select "Get Settings" (button).
On the next page, select your phone model (V9).
On the next page, select the service(s) you wish to configure (WAP,
MMS, Internet and/or e-mail)
Follow any additional prompts, including entering a security validation code and your telephone number. The settings will be sent automatically to your phone from your carrier.
Good luck. Let us know if you resolved your issue.
I tried to check the japanese website for motorola out, but with no luck. I don't think it is set up the same as the UK.
But searching on other forums on a different website I have figured out the settings I need to fix the issue with the MMS. But I still have the issue of emailing my girlfriend, for some reason the RAZR2 just doesn't like have odd characters in secsession. (I.E. XX..X_X..@yaya.com)
After I posted my reply to you last night, I went back to the Motorola Japan page and, indeed, the navigation differs from their UK site. However, if you mouse over each link, you can read the English translation down in the Status Bar at the bottom of IE (assuming you use Internet Explorer).
One other tool I completely forgot about is Motorola Setup, which is a Java application that installs on your phone and, among other things, can be used to retrieve various network settings. I don't know if it works on the V9, but you might search some of the forums to see if it does.
Well, after searching what seems to be the entire internet... I still can't find the answer to the email issue. I am by far not a modder and I am still doing a lot of research on how to actually mod the files on the phone. But I pose this challenge to anyone that wishes to take on this puzzle.
-Either a way where I can enter the email address with odd characters like the period "." in the begining part of the email address through editing the phonebook entry file.
-Or taking out the invalid email address check so that it wouldn't care what character you enter into the email address of a persons contact information.